Virginia has worked as a counselor since 1980 and joined the counseling services at Middlebury in 1998. She has worked in a number of different settings including private practice, out-patient counseling clinics, hospitals, and substance abuse treatment programs. She also worked as a researcher at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA.
Virginia understands the significant transitions students make when they come to Middlebury - both leaving home and transitioning to college and then leaving college and moving into the "real world." She sees counseling as a resource for students to negotiate those transitions in their own way. She believes that the process of questioning "Who am I?" is as important as questioning one's academic or career path. Virginia's current counseling interests include human development, Bowen Family Systems Theory, Relational-Cultural Theory, biofeedback, and mindfulness in therapy.